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Boateng, Gelatt Named 1st Team All-Big South

November 19, 2008
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Joshua Boateng was named to the Big South All-Conference first team for the second straight year.

Joshua Boateng was named to the Big South All-Conference first team for the second straight year.

Liberty senior men's soccer players Joshua Boateng and Mike Gelatt were selected to the Big South All-Conference first team, the league announced this evening. The announcement was made at the conference's annual men's soccer awards banquet in Conway, S.C., the site of this year's Big South Men's Soccer Championship.

Seniors Douglas Nyame (D, Kumasi, Ghana) and Daniel McGarry (MF, Philadelphia, Pa.) were also voted to the conference's second team, while Gelatt was selected the men's soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year. Midfielders Karol Charok (Saint Louis, Mo.) and Juan Nino (Katy, Texas) were named to the Big South All-Freshmen team.

Both Boateng and Gelatt garnered first team All-Big South honors for the second consecutive year. Boateng (F, Accra, Ghana) has enjoyed his best season in his last year in a Flames uniform. He enters Liberty's first round Big South Championship match with High Point tomorrow, as the conference leader in goals with 12. The senior is also tied for the Big South lead in points with 29 and in game-winning goals with four.

Boateng's 29 points rank him eighth on Liberty's single-season points list. In addition, he is tied for eighth on the school's single-season goals list. The forward is one of two Big South players listed on the Hermann Trophy Watch, awarded to the nation's top player at year's end.

Gelatt (R-Sr., Indianapolis, Ind.) has been a mainstay on defense for the Flames over the past three years. The defender has started the past 51 Liberty contests. A key member of the Flames' defensive corps, he has scored a goal and assisted on another this season. He has helped Liberty post five shutouts this year.

In addition, Gelatt was honored as the Big South Men's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The redshirt senior was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Men's Soccer Academic All-America first team in 2007. This year, he received his second District III Academic first team selection.

Nyame was selected to the all-conference second team for the second straight year. The senior has teamed with Gelatt on middle defense over the past two years. This year, the defender has started all 16 Liberty contests, scoring a goal and tallying an assist.

McGarry was also an all-conference second team selection for the second consecutive year. This season, the midfielder has played in 13 games, with nine starts. He has recorded one assist.

Chorak enters Thursday's first round Big South Championship contest tied for the conference lead in assists with seven helpers. The freshman has started every game during his first year at Liberty.

Nino has played in 15 games with 14 starts. The midfielder has scored two goals and added three assists for seven points this season. He scored the game-winner on Nov. 4 at VMI with 20 seconds left in the second overtime, for a 3-2 Liberty victory.

Winthrop forward Daniel Revivo was named the 2008 Big South Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Year. Revivo received three first-place votes and 12 points, finishing ahead of Liberty's Boateng, who recorded two top nods and nine points, for Player of the Year honors.

Winthrop Head Coach Rich Posipanko was selected as the 2008 Big South Coach of the Year, while Iyiola Awosika of Radford was voted the league's Freshman of the Year. Awosika edged Liberty's Chorak by one vote in voting.

Wednesday night's awards banquet serves as the kickoff for the 2008 Big South Men's Soccer Championship, which gets underway Thursday at CCU Soccer Field on the campus of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. The tournament begins Thursday with four games, beginning at noon.

Liberty, the No. 5 seed, will square off with No. 4 seed High Point in the opening game on Thursday afternoon. Game time is scheduled for noon.

2008 BIG SOUTH MEN'S SOCCER HONORS

Player of the Year
Daniel Revivo, Winthrop

Freshman of the Year
Iyiola Awosika, Radford

Coach of the Year
Rich Posipanko, Winthrop

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Mike Gelatt, Liberty

First Team All-Big South
Forwards
Daniel Revivo, Winthrop
Joshua Boateng, Liberty
Chris Shrum, High Point
Robert Hunter, Coastal Carolina

Midfielders
Stephen Nsereko, Winthrop
Miguel Pinzon, Gardner-Webb
Matt Lacey, Winthrop
Hilarie Babou, High Point

Defenders
Otto Lowey, Winthrop
Kyle Russell, Coastal Carolina
Mike Gelatt, Liberty
Henry Kalungi, Winthrop

Goalkeeper
Patrick Mitrovich, Winthrop

Second Team All-Big South
Forwards
Matt Skonicki, Winthrop
Iyiola Awosika, Radford
Bradley Morrison, Gardner-Webb
Scott Szymanski, UNC Asheville

Midfielders
Scott Rojo, High Point
Daniel McGarry, Liberty
Ross Kelly, Coastal Carolina
Justin Zimmer, Radford

Defenders
Douglas Nyame, Liberty
Patrick Tate, UNC Asheville
Adam Hatem, High Point
Eric Asanin-Miroux, Gardner-Webb

Goalkeeper
Brian Sowell, VMI

All Freshman Team
Juan Nino, Liberty
Karo Okiomah, High Point
Karol Chorak, Liberty
Lassi Hurskainen, UNC Asheville
Michael Czulinski, Presbyterian
Iyiola Awosika, Radford
Carlos Recinos, Coastal Carolina
Michael Chesler, High Point
Ayao Sossou, VMI
Brandon Gary, VMI
Will Stewart, High Point
J.J. Morrow, UNC Asheville

All-Academic Team
Mike Gelatt, Liberty
Ben Kieffner, Winthrop
Daniel Welsh, VMI
Justin Zimmer, Radford
Adam Hatem, High Point
Nate Neal, UNC Asheville
Logan Swaim, Gardner-Webb
Sam Eastridge, Presbyterian